What happens to people who lose the ability to speak because of a stroke or brain injury?
!e ability to speak and to be understood is an ability that many of us take for
granted. We know that when we open our mouth, words will surface and be
expressed. Words are essential in human relationships. We learn, interact, develop
relationships, express love, and work through the use of words. What happens
to the life of a child whose speech does not develop properly? What happens to
people who lose the ability to speak because of a stroke or brain injury?
!is book is about helping children and adults who have lost the ability to
speak. It focuses on teaching you, the reader, how to use techniques I have spent
forty years developing to help your loved one cultivate or regain the ability to
speak. For the speech-language pathologist who is reading this book, it will help
you become more effective in your approach to helping people talk.
If I could sum this book up in a few paragraphs, it would be this:
You will learn how to help people talk again. !e method will be conversational
in nature, in that you will help people recover the ability to speak as you talk to
them using words at their level. You will learn how to step into their world, to
speak with them about what really lights them up, and to show them how to
expand what they are saying from single words to two-word combinations, then
to phrases, and eventually to complete sentences. What is best about this method
is the lack of “homework.” Your therapy consists of encouraging them to talk
all through the day in whatever activities you do together. What could be more
enjoyable than that?
!is book was written with the family member, caregiver, or speech-language
pathologist in mind. It does not include a lot of theory. You will be stimulating
talking at home, where speech is first learned; and the person who will be
modeling correct speech will be the one who loves or cares for the person who
has difficulty speaking. Do you see the simplicity in that?
What We Believe / A Little About Mark
Setting Speech Therapy Goals at Home
How to Help a Stroke Victim Regain Speech Using The Teaching of Talking Method